CSR’s (ASX: CSR) share price was up 1.85% heading into lunch today following revelations that the building product giant’s net profit after tax (before significant items) of $193m for the year ended March 31, was up 20% on the previous year, due to strong housing activity.
Reflecting strong detached housing activity driving higher volumes, improved factory performance, operational execution and continued cost discipline across all businesses, the group’s largest business, building products, posted record earnings of $228m, up 24%.
While property earnings were down to $47m, from $54m, aluminium earnings nearly doubled to $40m on higher prices, which were partially offset by production costs.
Management notes strong execution – following organisational changes made streamlining the business over the last 18 months - within a highly disrupted market meant all of CSR’s businesses performed well during the year.
Trading revenue of $2.3bn was up 9%
Earnings up 22% on the prior year to $291m
Statutory net profit is $271m, compared to $146m in the previous financial year (including $86m in carry-forward capital tax losses)
Final fully franked dividend of 18cps, which brings FY dividend to 31.5cps lower than its 36.5c in FY21
Property valuation update of $1.1bn, up 20% on the previous year
Finished the year with $178m in net cash
Earnings per share (EPS) of 39.7 cents
CEO Julie Coates expects earnings for the property segment in FY23 to be about $52m and provided an indicative earnings range of $33m to $49m for the group’s aluminium arm.
Building Products, notes Coates is well positioned to continue to grow, and in YEM23, expects the business to return to more normal levels of investment to support the delivery of its strategy.
Coates expects group earnings to be supported by contracted transactions in its property segment over the next three years and an increased hedge position in aluminium division which extends to 2027.
“Investing in our Property assets and our development capability is also a core part of our results with contracted sales secured for all stages at Horsley Park to deliver $408 million in proceeds over six years,” said Coates.”
“Remediation work is also progressing on the 196-hectare site at Badgerys Creek adjacent to the new Western Sydney Airport.”
Management expects the strong pipeline of detached housing projects to continue in the year ahead as completion times lengthen with supply chain and trade capacity impacting the broader industry.
Meantime, while management guided to continued supply-chain challenges in its building products division, multi-residential and non-residential businesses are expected to improve.
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